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Southwest Utah is becoming a fast growing retirement community because of its mild winters and warm summers.
Tour Bryce Canyon N.P.
Some of the most colorful and unusual geological landforms of Southern Utah. Most of the park's highlights are easily visible from a leisurely drive along SR-63.
Tour Zion National Park
World famous natural scenic area.
Tour Canyonlands National Park
Preservation of the highly scenic upper Colorado River valley canyons.
Tour Arches National Park
Preservation of the highly scenic upper Colorado River valley canyons. Over 2,000 natural stone arches and other geological formations.
Tour Capital Reef National Park
World famous natural scenic area.
Utah Summer Games - June
Three week super athletic challenge hosted each June in Cedar City. Competition in running, archery, basketball, bowling, boxing, shooting, cycling, aquatics, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, extreme sports, soccer, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and more.
The St. George Region is known as Utah's Dixie. During the Civil War Brigham Young sent Mormon settlers here to raise cotton.
Snow Canyon State Park
Ivins, UT; (435) 628-2255;
6,000 acre park located on Utah SR-18 about 9 miles north of St. George. Its deep red sandstone cliffs, volcanic cones, sand dunes and twisted rock formations have served as a backdrop for many movies. This park is great for camping and rock-climbing - however a bolting ban prohibits climbers from creating new routes up the rock face.
Gunlock State Park
Gunlock, UT; (435) 628-2255;
Located 15 miles northwest of St. George on Utah SR-91. It includes the 240-acre Gunlock Reservoir - a quick getaway for fishing, watersports, boating and swimming.
Quail Creek State Park
PO Box 1943, St. George, UT; (435) 879-2378;
Located on the Virgin River near Hurricane (3 miles east of Exit 16 from I-15). Boating, picniking and fishing (bluegill, rainbow trout and bass).
Red Cliffs Recreation Area
Very scenic campground near Leeds, UT (Exit 22 on I-15). Located on the edge of the Dixie National Forest and Pine Valley Wilderness Area. Adjacent to two silver mining ghost towns: Harrisburg and Silver Reef. Popular area for camping, hiking and rockhounding.
St. George Temple
490 S. 300 East, St. George, UT 84770; (435) 673-9882;
First Mormon Temple built in Utah in 1869-77 (and oldest continually functioning Mormon Temple today). Adjacent is the prominent 1863 red sandstone tabernacle. The temple is closed to the public however and adjacent visitors center is open to give tours of the tabernacle and temple grounds and explains the use of the temple and other Mormon beliefs.
[ Tour LDS Historic Landmarks - Hotlink to temples, pioneer museums and other noteworthy sites.]
Hurricane Valley Heritage Park
(435) 635-3245; Open: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM; Donations;
Pioneer and Indian Museum located at corner of Main and State sts. in Hurricane. Many exhibits on local history.
Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts
SR-91, Ivins, UT; (800) 652-3200;
2,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre presents original Broadway productions during the summer months. Located amongst the tall red-sandstone cliffs of Tuacahn - Canyon of the Gods. Festival of Lights during holidays. Also watch for special outdoor pageants, pre-show western-style dinners, backstage tours and fireworks.
Fiesta Family Fun Center
171 E. 1160 South, St. George, UT; (435) 628-1818;
Open: Daily 10AM-10PM; Admission Free - but a charge for most rides;
Brigham Young Winter Home
67 W. 200 North St, St. George, UT; (435) 673-2517;
Open: Daily 9AM-5PM; Free Admission;
Originally built in 1873 - restored with 19th-century furnishings.
Historic Cotton Mill
375 W. Telegraph Rd, Washington, UT; (435) 634-1880;
Built in 1866 at the height of the region's era as a major cotton production center, this unique three-story building is privately owned but can be seen from the outside.
The quiet scenic mountain town of Pine Valley is located about 25 miles north of St. George at altitude of about 7,000 feet (compared to only 2,500 for St. George). A very scenic drive that takes you past red and white sandstone cliffs, two-extinct black lava cinder cones. In the town you will see one of the oldest Mormon chapels (built 1868) still in continuous use. This two-story white-frame building is of the most picturesque in Utah. Follow Utah SR-18 north to the town of Central and then turn right.
Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
Located alongside Utah SR-18 about 28 miles north of St. George. This monument marks one of the darkest chapters in Southern Utah history when Mormon militia and Indian allies ambushed a wagontrain of about 120 Missouri immigrants bound for California in 1857. It happened at the start of Johnston's war and about 15 years after the Mormons had gone through intense religious persecution in Missouri.
Daughters of Pioneers Museum
143 N. 100 East St, St. George, UT; (435) 628-7274;
Memorabilia and artifacts from the pioneer era 1847-70.
Jacob Hamblin Home
(435) 673-2161; Open: Daily 9AM-5PM; Free Admission;
Located 3 miles west on US-91, 1863 residence of Mormon missionary who made great achievements in establishing peace with American Indians in the region.
Other St. George services:
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Cedar Breaks National Monument
PO Box 749, Cedar City, UT; (435) 586-9451;
Open Daily Late-May to Mid-Oct only: $4-Vehicle / $2-Person;
This parkland offers incredible scenic views of the surrounding canyons. Because of its high elevation - over 10,000 feet - it keeps relatively cool even during summer - rarely topping over 75 degrees.
A good time to visit is during spring/summer when the park meadows turn into a blanket of colorful wildflowers.
WinterSports: The open meadowlands become popular for snowmobiles. Snows come as early as October and this place normally gets quite cold then.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
PO Box 95, Kanab, UT 84741; (435) 648-2800;
Other Kanab services:
by Debi Holmes-Binney / Paperback - 208 pages (July 2000)
At 31, breaking from a loveless marriage, Holmes-Binney chose to spend 40 days in the Great Salt Lake Desert by herself. What follows is an amazing tale: first, because although she had much camping experience, she was so unprepared; second, because her dark introspection, which begins as merely annoying, transcends her story to become genuinely involving; and third, because of the power of danger and hardship to transform.
Cedar City was originally started as mining town with the find of iron ore deposits in the area. But the mines closed when the transcontinental railroad was able to deliver even cheaper iron. Since 1920 this area has done well as a tourism destination.
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
581 N. Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720; (435) 486-5432;
Open: Mon=Fri noon-7PM; Free Admission;
Located on the Southern Utah University campus. Gallery includes paintings, pottery and textiles.
Iron Mission State Park
635 N. Main St, Cedar City, UT 84720; (435) 586-9290;
Open: Daily 9AM-5PM; Admission: $5-vehicle / $2-person.
Site of the first iron foundry west of the Mississippi, built in 1851. Several 19th and early 20th century stagecoaches and motorcars.
Utah Shakespearean Festival
Adams Shakespearean Theatre; (800) 752-9849;
Located on the Southern Utah University campus in a replica of the open-air Globe Theatre. Various Shakespeare and other major productions on a rotational basis nightly during the summer. Evening production is at 8:30PM and matinee at 2PM. Greenshow performance is at 7:30PM. Tickets range $10-$38. Under 5 not permitted.
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